Kris Allen made a surprise appearance on “Idol Party Live,” where he was interviewed by Glee-singer Matthew Morrison via Skype. After the show was wrapped up, the American Idol season 8-winner caught up with MTV News’s Jim Contiello to talk about his personal favorite contestants in the ongoing Idol season and his reappearance on the show that propelled him to the star status he enjoys now.
When quizzed about who is his favorite AI singer this term, the 25 year old said that he has been following the show as much as he can and then tipped Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Lauren as the ones who could go deep into the competition.
Unlike his season eight-rival Adam Lambert, who performed on the Idol stage a few weeks ago, Allen was invited on the show as an audience member. Allen explained that he was there to support the contestants but would love to come back on the show in the future as a singer, when he has something to promote.
He then shared that there was an offer on the table for him to perform, but he didn’t want to ‘perform unless there’s something to perform, some new song.’ He further said that there is still a slight possibility that he might do it, but wouldn’t guarantee it. It could happen. It’s definitely a possibility, but I wouldn’t bank on it [this season],” Allen said.
He made sure that people know how grateful he is to the show that really got his musical career going. He said, “It’s always nice to be back. It feels like home a little bit. It’s nice to talk to all those people, the producers, meet the contestants — it’s a good time,”
Allen was also questioned how he feels on former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi’s recently released book, in which she wrote that listening to Allen and Lambert’s rendition of her song “No Boundaries” was like watching a plane crash from the sky.
The good natured Allen chose to answer the question humorously and instead of defending himself and Lambert, he said, “Was she reading my mind at the time. She knew the song was not incredible and it was going to be rough. I don’t even know what it was, it was just hard to sing. It felt like it was meant for Kara.”
- Kristopher Neil Allen (born June 21, 1985), better known as Kris Allen, is an American singer-songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol
- He taught himself to play the guitar at age 13, and also plays the piano
- His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Michael Jackson